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A question closed as a duplicate normally displays a message stating that it already has an answer elsewhere. Apparently, though, on Meta sites where questions can be closed even if the existing question does not have an answer, the message is modified to reflect that.

Despite this, the message presented to the poster when someone suggests a duplicate does not reflect the possibility that the question could be a duplicate even if the original has no answer. You are presented with two choices:

That solved my problem!

Or:

No, my question is different. I will edit to explain how.

Screenshot showing choices

In cases where the same question has been asked but has no answer, neither choice is accurate. The question is not different, but the problem has not been solved.

Can this message be modified to allow us a choice where it is a duplicate even though the problem has not been solved?

marked as duplicate by Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog, PolyGeo, Ward, Mureinik, Robert Longson May 28 at 5:57

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

  • Better just change the button text to "Yes, I got the same issue" for example instead of adding a new one. – Shadow May 27 at 22:20
  • @ShadowWizard I’m fine with that. – Alex May 27 at 22:25
  • @SonictheInclusiveHedgehog What am I supposed to do now? I can't click "that solved my problem" for your suggestion, because it didn't. – Alex May 27 at 23:03
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    Ignore the words it uses and just think of it as an "insta-close" button. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog May 27 at 23:04
  • @SonictheInclusiveHedgehog That is indeed the result, but it forces me to lie. – Alex May 27 at 23:05
  • I don't think it's a dupe, since this one here is about cases where there are no answers at all. But won't use my hammer since it's still very related. /cc @Sonic – Shadow May 28 at 7:25
  • @ShadowWizard As is the other one. That one just generally says "unanswered", which refers to the general definition of the term as used in the tab with the same name. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog May 28 at 7:26